At the end of last volleyball season, the College Wesmen men upset the Rebels to take the title.
In the first half of this volleyball season, the College Wesmen hung in to force fourth and fifth sets against the Rebels.
Coming out of the holiday break, the Rebels took a pair of matches against the College Wesmen without dropping a set – as they look more and more dominant moving forward in the 2012/13 men’s volleyball season.
The centrepiece of their Week 14 success, where they went 3-0 (9-0 in sets) in two matches against the University of Winnipeg and one against Canadian Mennonite University, is fourth-year middle Erik Hansen.
In six sets against the College Wesmen, Hansen was able to rack up 13 kills on 29 attempts, while adding eight stuff blocks. Against CMU, he improved his efficiency – nailing five kills on seven attempts (57% efficiency) with three stuff blocks.
“Erik and I were both Red River rookies back in the 2008-2009 season, him as a player and myself as a coach,” said Rebels head coach Dan Gilbert.
“We’ve developed a pretty good understanding of what to expect from each other. So after taking last season off, I was excited to hear that he would be back this season.”
Hansen, a Selkirk High School grad who is studying construction management, is a veteran presence on a Rebels team that is now 9-1 on the season, having only dropped four sets total. His personal record with the Rebels, after missing last season’s championship disappointment, is an astounding 50-1 with three MCAC championship medals in his trophy case.
“Erik’s veteran leadership style is simple, he leads by example,” said Gilbert. “On the court and in the weight room, Erik’s work ethic continues to result in both individual and team success.”